C’Mon Google, Women are Entities Whose Names Might Change!

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Back on November 23rd I put up a post asking people for their best holistic SEO tips, and this led to a very interesting side discussion about the online fate of women who change their names when they get married. My basic reaction to all this is C'mon Google, this is something you've gotta fix! Note that this change happens to men too! It started with a question from Lisa Heffernan who asked the … [Read more...]

Danny Sullivan Shares What He Has Learned About Hummingbird

Hummingbird is a search engine rewrite

Some of the discussions in this Hangout on Air event were just priceless. It took place at 4 PM ET yesterday, and Danny shares some fantastic stuff on Hummingbird, social signals in search, and more. The following link will take you to my post on Google Plus about the event, and this contains the full video. One part that I want to highlight in this post is the discussion on Hummingbird. Here is a … [Read more...]

Direct Measurement of Google Plus Impact on Search Rankings

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Many of you know that I have been working for a long time on a study to attempt to directly measure the impact of Google+ Shares on Google's search rankings. This study has attempted to measure "causation", not "correlation" - i.e. to see if we could prove some impact on rankings from Google+ shares. This article presents the results of that work. This edition of the study was launched at SMX Advanced … [Read more...]

Link Building Is Not Illegal (or Inherently Bad) with Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts: Link Building Is NOT Illegal!

  An interview with Matt Cutts, Google Distinguished Engineer, and head of the Google Webspam Team. Jump below the image to begin! Eric Enge: There are people who think link building is illegal now. Is link building illegal? Matt Cutts: No, link building is not illegal. Eric Enge: Really? Matt Cutts: It’s funny because there are some types of link building that are illegal, but it’s … [Read more...]

Misuse of Big Data Can Cost You at the Cash Register

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The good folks at BloomReach shared some data with me recently. This data showed how "gift" oriented search queries differ from other types of queries. In the process of reviewing this I realized that it provides an excellent example of how drawing premature conclusions from data can cause you to make bad mistakes. As background to the source of the data, BloomReach provides a product called BloomSearch … [Read more...]

Two Exercises for a Simple, Real-Life Mobile SEO Audit

Mercedes Mobile Site Indexing

Mercedes made headlines recently with their revamped mobile site. The good news is that they were able to increase mobile traffic 85% year to date, and 170% over last year. The bad news is that when I looked at their revamped site it was evident that they didn’t account for SEO as part of the redesign, and could have driven mobile traffic up much more if they had.  Recently in Search Engine Land I explained … [Read more...]

A Mathematical Model for Assessing Page Quality

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Guest Post by Ashutosh Garg In this article, by page quality we refer to quality of a page with respect to a search query and a user who issued the query. Page quality is a broad concept and depending upon the actual context in which one plans to use quality score, the actual algorithm will vary. Instead of going into a specific algorithm, this article will present a framework in which to think about … [Read more...]